11 August 2016 - No Comments!

A long battle with injury

Early June. Friday morning. I jump out of bed and my left groin doesn’t feel quite right. It’s a dull ache more than the feel of a pull or tear. I’m in the pool by 8 and it’s fine, I forget about it within the hour. The next morning same again, slightly worse. I worry back to an injury in same place from football 6 years ago which kept me out for 4 months, but it’s a different sort of pain so I convince myself they’re not related, which is a relief. The days go on and each morning it’s worse, and I’m getting less and less sleep. I’m getting less sleep for two reasons - because it’s starting to hurt at night and I can’t bend my leg and it’s starting to stress me out. We’ve only got just over 2 months to go and I’m way behind in my training. I still can’t really swim, I couldn’t run anywhere near a marathon yet and I’m just as wiry as I’ve always been: this upper body’s not going to push a chair 26 miles....  Read more

11 August 2016 - No Comments!

Patrick learns to swim

It’s early June. I’m with my uni mates and we’re having dinner round at a friends. I explain to a couple of people what Doug and I are doing. A 2km swim, without using our legs (they’ll be tied together). My ever forgiving uni housemates are in hysterics as they tell these people “the funniest thing is that PJ can’t really swim”. The problem is that it’s sort of true.

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15 July 2016 - No Comments!

The journey

It was 10pm, it was dark and it looked like it was going to rain. Standing in the concrete shadow of Paddington station, we were making futile attempts to flag down taxis with one hand, while holding firmly on to our racing wheelchairs, spare tyres, tools and sport bags in the other. Several taxis slowed to give long, quizzical looks at our cargo, before driving on. Most didn’t even give us a look, and simply sped past without faltering.

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4 May 2016 - No Comments!

The low moments

They say you should never regret anything. We would be lying if we said that at several points along this journey, there haven’t been moments where we’d wished we hadn’t taken this on. Read more